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Engineering

Augustana offers a dual-degree engineering program, through which a student can earn a bachelor of arts in engineering physics from Augustana and a bachelor of science degree in engineering from any engineering school accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

The program allows students to achieve their engineering goals through the context of a liberal arts foundation, while customizing their educations through valuable learning experiences.

About the program

Augustana has a unique 3-2 engineering program. Students in this program earn both a Bachelor of Arts degree from Augustana College and a Bachelor of Science degree from an ABET accredited engineering school. Schools attended by previous graduates of the program include University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), University of Iowa, University of Minnesota, Iowa State University, and Purdue University.

These programs normally require three years in residence at Augustana followed by at least two years in residence at the engineering school. While at Augustana, the student pursues a broad education in the liberal arts while simultaneously obtaining the basic training in mathematics, physics, chemistry and computer science which is required for the study of engineering. Since it is expected that all general education requirements for the Augustana degree, together with a departmental major, will be completed before transferring to the university, the engineering advisor works closely with the student in planning and monitoring his or her academic progress. It is important that a student interested in this coordinated degree program meet with the advisor early in their first year.

The criteria for transferring to a university, as well as standards which transfer students must meet, are established by the university. Augustana cannot guarantee acceptance to the university that a student plans to attend.

Augustana also offers a coordinated degree program with Columbia University, Northern Illinois University, and Washington University in St. Louis. In these programs, students are guaranteed admission to these schools as long as they meet the requirements in the articulation agreements held by Augustana College.

Outside the classroom

Beginning early in their first year, students work closely with their engineering advisor to plan and monitor academic progress.

Summer research opportunities are available in physics and engineering; programs usually run 10 weeks and offer a stipend plus housing and transportation.

Augustana has a chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society. The college also has a physics and engineering society, which raises the awareness of physics and engineering out side the department through demonstrations, projects 

What students say

Edgar Valle '15, pre-engineering major:
““Being an engineering physics major here at Augustana was probably one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. This 3-2 program, where you attend three years at Augustana and two years at an engineering school, in my opinion is a great option for anyone looking to become any kind of engineer. With physics as a foundation to your learning, you will be able to further understand the basics of engineering and be able to apply what you have learned in a real-world setting. The small class sizes here at Augustana were a huge help for me in understanding the lecture material, because I was able to communicate with the professor much more easily and understand how to solve a given problem. I would recommend this program to anyone who is interested in engineering or physics or both.””

Dr. David Clayton ’99:
David Clayton graduated from Augustana with a bachelor’s in physics, then earned a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. He received a master’s and doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Southern California. Clayton currently works at Exponent, Inc., in Los Angeles, Calif., as an engineer in the Thermal Sciences practice performing investigations and analyses related to fires and explosions, with an emphasis on cause, origin, propagation and related combustion phenomena.

“Choosing the pre-engineering option was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my career. Three years at Augustana provided countless academic and social opportunities I would have missed out on at a larger engineering school, and the learning environment and academic nature of the college provided a tremendous background with which to start my engineering education.”

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